Posted on Aug 8, 2012

Longform Podcast #1: Matthieu Aikins

Matthieu Aikins, on the eve of a move to Kabul. Aikins is a correspondent for GQ, Harper's and Wired.

"There's no real objective framework for deciding what the value of your life is, versus the value of a story ... Especially when you go to places where people are getting killed for the silliest reasons, and a life is worth so little, you realize you don't necessarily have to value yourself as this, like, precious commodity that can't be risked in any way. And that's just a personal choice, and it's actually a very selfish one, because obviously, if you have loved ones, you're affecting them by making that choice. In any case, it's just a different headspace that you inhabit."

Show notes:

  1. @mattaikins
  3. Matthieu Aikins on Longform
  4. "The Master of Spin Boldak" (Harper's • Dec 2009)
  5. "The Siege of September 13" (GQ • Mar 2012)
  6. "Our Man in Kandahar" (The Atlantic • Nov 2011)